As if you needed proof that everything is bigger in the Lone Star State, the Texas A&M Traditions Club has broken the Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread house, and raised thousands of dollars for charity at the same time.
The massive structure was created with over 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour, 3,000 pounds of brown sugar, and as if it wasn't sweet enough, 22,304 pieces of candy were attached to the building.
The entire outside of the house is completely edible, though if you and a few friends decided to nibble it down, you'd consume 36 million calories and probably wild up with a hell of a tummy ache.
At 39,201.8 cubic-feet, it ranks in at the biggest gingerbread house ever built, beating the record set by the Mall of America in 2006.
"I'm both a Food Network junkie and a Google guy, and twelve to fourteen months ago I saw something about gingerbread houses, and it spurred me to find out what the largest one ever built was,'' Bill Horton, the general manager of the Traditions Club, told TODAY.com. "In June, I was at a luncheon with St. Joseph's Hospital, and I got this crazy idea to build the world's largest gingerbread house and combine it with their drive to build a center for their trauma program, and they bit."
So far, they've managed to raise over $150,000 for the hospital while attracting over 600 visitors a night.. and about 2,000 bees.
"The biggest issue has been bees,'' Horton said. "They're not bothering us. They're just getting drunk on sugar."
To see the world's biggest gingerbread home for yourself, head to Bryan, Texas anytime from now until December 14th. It's open Tuesdays through Sundays from 6 to 10 p.m.